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Preview | Millwall v Rochdale

25 September 2015

All you need to know about Saturday's game

Millwall host fifth-placed Rochdale at The Den tomorrow determined to bring to a halt a run that has seen The Lions win just once in the League on a Saturday since 25th October 2014.

The Lions have tasted success on home soil three times since that October victory over Cardiff City - Charlton, Wigan and Peterborough United - although Neil Harris' charges ironically boast the best away record in the League with three wins and one draw from their four matches on the road.

Rochdale, who sit four points ahead of Millwall in the table, have lost just once on their travels this season, winning one game and sharing the points in the other two fixtures.

What the managers say

Neil Harris: "We want to build on four good performances - (against) Peterborough, Crewe, Port Vale and Southend. "We do want to get a win on Saturday and that is the main priority, but the spirit is excellent and the boys are buzzing. 

"Every session is top drawer so if we keep doing the right things, showing the attitude, desire and the spirit, then results will come." Read more from Chopper here.

Keith Hill: "The old Den was intimidating as a player. I played there a couple of times and was a substitute there. You can imagine it; the crowd were on top of it and it was a real task. I don't think anyone wanted to be sub! It was a great place to play though.

"There's no intimidation in these new stadiums; the only intimidation is the opposition as a team really. It's a super stadium but I don't think in these new stadiums that the crowd can generate the type of intimidation that you would get at the old ground." A full interview on Dale PlayerHD is available to Lions PlayerHD subscribers here.

Team news

Millwall will check on the fitness of Byron Webster (ankle) and Sid Nelson (ribs) ahead of the game. Should either or both centre-halves be unavailable, skipper Tony Craig could switch to the middle of the back four with fit-again Joe Martin or Shane Ferguson coming in to fill the left-back spot. 

Saturday's game will come too soon for right-back Shaun Cummings, who has just returned to training after a hamstring injury, although winger Paris Cowan-Hall misses out with a groin muscle injury sustained as a result of a heavy challenge whilst playing for the U21s against Coventry City on Monday.

Rochdale manager Keith Hill has played his cards close to his chest and not divulged any team news ahead of The Den fixture.

Head to head

Saturday's game will be only the ninth encounter between The Lions and Dale - and a hefty 50 years since the two sides faced each other.

In the previous eight matches, all played within the space of 1959-1965, Millwall won four, with two games drawn and Rochdale victorious in the other two fixtures.

the last time the two sides met came back in April 1965 when, in a season that was to end in promotion for The Lions, a penalty by Dennis John coupled with Hugh Curran's goal secured a 2-0 away day win for Billy Gray's side.

Tickets

Lions fans can purchase their ticket right up to kick-off at The Den (3pm).

Coverage

Unable to make it to the game? As ever Lions PlayerHD will be bringing you full match commentary so you can keep up-to-date with all the action from The Den. To tune in click here.

You can also follow updates via @MillwallFC, the club's official Twitter account.

Betting

Sky Bet have priced Millwall 6/4 for the win, Rochdale at 7/5 and the draw priced at 12/5.

Find a comprehensive list of odds on the game by clicking here.

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